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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Professor Lois is open to PhD applications within the field of Retina from national or international candidates with a basic science or clinical background. Prof Lois is also open to develop projects with potential candidates. Her fields of interest include: - Diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular oedema and proliferative diabetic retinopathy - Retinal vascular diseases : retinal vein occlusion - Retinal ischaemia, retinal fibrosis, retinal revascularisation and retinal neovascularization - Diagnostic technologies - Early and late phase clinical trials - Evidence-based clinical research - Vitreoretinal surgery Previous research experience is desirable.

1989 …2020

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Bio sketch: Noemi Lois, MD, PhD, FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth

Noemi Lois is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Queens University and an Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. 

After completing her training in Ophthalmology she completed clinical fellowships in 1) Ocular Oncology at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, with Drs Jerry and Carol Shields, 2) Medical Retina at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, with Prof Alan Bird, and 3) Vitreoretinal Surgery at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital with Prof David Wong.  Noemi then moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, where she worked as full time Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon for 13 years.

Noemi joined Queens University in 2013 where she has been leading a programme of preclinical and clinical research focused on diabetic retinopathy and its complications.  This programme of research extends from pathogenic mechanisms of disease and risk stratification to new therapies, including determining the most cost-effective therapeutic alternatives for this disease.  Other research interests include retinal vein occlusion, vitreoretinal surgery and Stargardt disease. 

Noemi is Chief Investigator of two large multicentre trials funded by NIHR-HTA: EMERALD (Effectiveness of Multimodal imaging for the Evaluation of Retinal oedema And New vesseLs in Diabetic retinopathy) and DIAMONDS (Diabetic Macular Oedema aNd Diode Subthreshold micropulse laser).  

Noemi has published over 100 articles in peer review journals [Scopus h-index (January 2019)=37], 13 book chapters and is editor of 3 textbooks, one on its second edition; is ad-hoc referee for numerous peer-review journals and funding bodies and has given numerous lectures as guest speaker at national and international meetings in China, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, USA and the UK.  Noemi is editorial board member for several journals including the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group and has participated, as a member of the Evidence Review Group, in 10 Single Technology Appraisals for the UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on new therapies for eye diseases.

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Research Output

Circulating Leukocyte Alterations and the Development/Progression of Diabetic Retinopathy in Type 1 Diabetic Patients – A Pilot Study

Obasanmi, G., Lois, N., Armstrong, D., Lavery, N. J., Romero Hombrebueno, J. M., Lynch, A., Wright, D., Chen, M. & Xu, H., 30 Jan 2020, In : Current eye research. 11 p.

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    Khayat, M., Williams, M. & Lois, N., 23 Jan 2019, In : Survey of ophthalmology.

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    Diabetic macular oedema and diode subthreshold micropulse laser (DIAMONDS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    DIAMONDS Study Group, 12 Feb 2019, In : Trials. 20, 11 p., 122.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
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    Effectiveness of Multimodal imaging for the Evaluation of Retinal oedema And new vesseLs in Diabetic retinopathy (EMERALD)

    EMERALD Study Group, 28 Jun 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 6, 8 p., e027795.

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    • 4 Invited talk

    Invited lectures at the 13th International AMD and Retina Congress, Dublin, Ireland

    Noemi Lois (Speaker)
    31 Oct 2025

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    Venice Ophthalmology Summer School, Venice, Italy. Activity: Giving lectures and commenting on case presentations

    Noemi Lois (Speaker)
    10 Jul 201313 Jul 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Valencia Ophthalmology Society, Valencia, Spain: Giving guest speaker lecture at the meeting

    Noemi Lois (Speaker)
    16 Apr 2011

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk